Crime

Howard man sentenced to at least 82 years in prison in child rape case

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Having been found guilty on more than 30 counts of child rape, incest, corruption of minors, indecent assault and other charges, Elvin Lamey was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 82 to 164 years in prison.

Lamey, 27, of Howard, was found guilty in November of charges stemming from incidents involving three young family members. Lamey lived with the family for about five years and he began abusing the the children in 2010 when they were between the ages of 2 and 5.

Deborah Lux, Lamey’s public defender, attempted to convince county Judge Jonathan D. Grine to merge some of the sexual assault and rape charges to be served concurrently. This, she said, was based on Lamey’s lack of prior criminal history and time already spent in prison, where he demonstrated cooperation with troopers.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, however, argued that he deserved proper sentencing — a separate sentence for each count — based on the “life-changing attacks” on his victims.

“These children can’t get their life back,” she said. “He betrayed every trust. This will follow them to adulthood.”

Grine sentenced Lamey to seven 10- to 20-year consecutive sentences, six two- to four-year consecutive sentences and several nine- to 18-month concurrent sentences.

Lamey was deemed by the court to be a sexually violent predator after testimony by psychologist William Allenbaugh II. According to Allenbaugh, based on the age of the offender, the length of time the offense occurred and Lamey’s insistence that he could not stop, he meets the criteria to be defined as a predator.

He will be required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act as a sexually violent predator for the remainder of his life.

Lamey did not speak throughout the sentencing. Grine said he would receive credit for the 149 days he has already spent incarcerated.

“In a case like this one, the unthinkable idea of robbing three small children of their physical and emotional safety by sexually molesting them to this degree can only be answered by a long prison sentence,” Parks Miller said in a news release. “We are very pleased by this sentence as it was necessary for the safety of the community and all children.”

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